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Siddha Krishna Das Baba of Govardhana was one of the four famous siddha-babas of Vraja. The festival is celebrated annually at Manasi-ganga, a lake said to have appeared directly from Krishna's thoughts, at Govardhan. This video includes footage of the tirobhava-kirtan songs at a place near Siddha Baba's ashram.
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Maghi Purnima - the full-moon day of the month of Magh - is a popular day for pilgrimage, as flocks of pilgrims journey to the sacred Mount Govardhan for a twenty-two kilometer circumambulation ( parikrama ). On this day, the devotees at Radha-kunda arrange a sankirtan -procession around the hill, stopping at Govinda-kunda to sing songs of Madhavendra Puri's discovery of the deity of Gopal.
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Kirtan , or singing of the Hare Krishna mantra, is a common occurence in many of the temples in the village of Radha-kunda such as Shyamasundar Mandir. Expert singers and players ( kirtaniyas ), such as Sanatan Das Baba who leads the kirtan today, are invited over to sing for the pleasure of the deity. Today's kirtan is followed by arati , a ceremonial worship in which incense, lamps, water and other such items are offered to the deity of the temple. The occasion is concluded with a...
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Adhivasa-kirtana refers to songs generally sung a few days before the beginning of a Gaudiya festival. The songs are narrations of Sri Chaitanya and his companions engaged in various festivities. The course of the adhivasa , with the giving of sandalwood pulp and flower garlands, follows the course of the song narrative. This entry has footage from three adhivasa-kirtans: 1. In preparation for Jiva Goswami's festival at Radha-Damodara temple. 2. At Sitanath temple and at Vyasa Ghera at...
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The third episode of the Vraja Festivals series features the celebration of Nityananda Trayodasi. The appearance days of the Lord's avatars are always filled with great festivities, and the advent of Sri Nityananda Prabhu - the eccentric saint who was taken as nondifferent from Krishna's brother, Baladeva - is no exception. Footage from the festival is divided into two parts: * 1. Janma-kirtana - Songs describing the birth and life of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Songs led by Sanatana Das Baba and...
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Siddha Madhusudana Das Baba was one of the four famous siddha-babas of Vraja. The festival is celebrated annually at Surya-kunda, the scenic Lake of the Sun-god, where great numbers of devotees gather from all over the land of Vraja to commemorate his departure to the world of Radha and Krishna. This video includes footage of the tirobhava-kirtan songs at the ashram and the lila-kirtan songs at the temple of Surya-deva along with other festivities.
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Vasanta Panchami, literally "the fifth day of the spring", marks the beginning of the spring time in Vraja. In temples, the deities no longer wear their winter clothes. The occasion also coincides with the celebration of Sarasvati-puja, or the worship of the goddess of learning. This video shows the sankirtan -procession circumambulating Radha-kunda and Shyama-kunda, visiting a number of temples on the way.
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Recorded in the evening, two days before Sri Kunjabihari Das Babaji Maharaja's festival, this Adhivasa-kirtana features an opening song in praise of Guru and the traditional songs describing the beginning of the festival celebrated by Gauranga, Nityananda and Advaita. Lead kirtaniya: Hare Krishna Das Babaji. 1. Gurvastakam, Jayare Jayare Gaura (69:52) 2. Jayare Jayare cont'd, Eka Adhivasa Ani (62:26) Related entries - VIDEO http://www.archive.org/details/kbdb-adhivasa-2006-v...
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Pandit Sri Advaita Das Babaji was the teacher of many respected saints, a resident of Govardhan. His annual festival is celebrated at both Govardhan and at Radha-kunda. This footage, shot at the Radha-kunda festival, is divided into three parts: * Tirobhava-kirtana - Songs describing Radha and Krishna, followed by a song about the life of Sri Advaita Das Babaji. * Parikrama - Circumambulation of the sacred lakes of Radha-Kunda and Shyama-kunda. This parikrama is filmed uninterrupted from a...
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Madrasi Sri Krishna Das Babaji was very fond of the prayers of Vilapa-kusumanjali. In memory of his disappearance day, there is an annual festival held at the Gaura-dham Colony at Radha-kunda, at which Pandit Sri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja speaks on the text. This entry features footage from the lectures, from the kirtan sung before and after the program, and from the distribution of a feast of sanctified food ( prasad ) to the assembly of devotees.
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Siddha Krishna Das Baba of Ranabari was one of the four famous siddha-babas of Vraja. Pleased with the villagers of Ranabari, the story goes, he blessed them to never suffer of famine or disease. The villagers organize the festival on a yearly basis and participate with great enthusiasm. This video includes footage of both the tirobhava-kirtan songs and the sankirtan -procession through the village.
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The Baba's Teachings series features discussions and interviews with Pandit Sri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja - one of the leading teachers of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition - on a wide range of topics on theology, philosophy and the practice of spiritual life. Topics covered in this episode: Worship of Narayana - Why is Lord Narayana worshiped in Gaurachandra's pastimes, although we know it isn't recommended for sadhakas? Gaura-avatar - The nature of Gaura-avatar, discussion on Virachandra and...
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Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, also known as Gauranga on account of his golden effulgence, appeared in the land of Nadia, Bengal, to bless the people of this wretched age with the chanting of the divine Names laden with unprecedented amorous love for God, Krishna. His appearance is celebrated annually on the full moon day of the month of Phalgun. This entry contains footage from both the previous day's opening kirtana, as well as the festival day's celebrations. Lead kirtaniya: Sanatana Das...
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This footage features the memorial festival of Sri Kunjabihari Das Babaji Maharaja of Radha-kunda in its entirety, featuring a series of songs sung at the morning of the occasion, the parikrama-procession circumambulating the two sacred lakes of the village, and the concluding songs. Lead kirtaniyas: Hare Krishna Das Babaji, Prana Kishor Das Babaji, Anath Bandhu Das Babaji. 1. Gaurachandrika (56:22 | HKD) 2. Prarthana (45:00 | HKD / PKD) 3. Suchaka-kirtan (42:36 | HKD) 4. Parikrama-procession...
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Holi, the wonderful festival of colors, is celebrated in the village of Radha-kunda for several weeks, with the devotees going from one temple to the next, singing songs of Radha and Krishna enrapt in the joys of the festival. As the songs reach their pinnacles, color-powder flies in all directions, covering the atmosphere in multi-colored clouds! This entry also contains the suchaka-song of Rasikananda Prabhu and a parikrama-procession visiting different temples of the village.
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Advaita Acharya was the leader of the Vaishnavas of Nadia predating the advent of Sri Chaitanya. With his fervent worship, he invoked the presence of the Krishna's avatar. He was known as an avatar of Vishnu himself. The footage from the celebration is divided into two parts: Â Janma-lila-kirtana - Songs describing the birth and life of Advaita Prabhu. Â Adhivasa-kirtana - Songs in the evening in preparation for the next days' festivities.
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Shiva Ratri - The Night of Shiva - is a popular festival across the Hindu-landscape. Gaudiya Vaishnavas worship Shiva as the greatest among Vishnu's worshipers, seeking his blessings for their path of devotion. On Shiva Ratri, the devotees at Radha-kunda circumambulate the village to the accompaniment of songs, visiting the main temples of Shiva in the area.
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The Baba's Teachings series features discussions and interviews with Pandit Sri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja - one of the leading teachers of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition - on a wide range of topics on theology, philosophy and the practice of spiritual life. Topics covered in this episode: The story of Siddha Baba of Ranabari Radha's order to stay in Vraja and her punishment for leaving. Worship of Govardhan Circumambulating Govardhan; remembering the pastime-places. The water of Radha-kunda...
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The Baba's Teachings series features discussions and interviews with Pandit Sri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja - one of the leading teachers of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition - on a wide range of topics on theology, philosophy and the practice of spiritual life. Topics covered in this episode: Vasanta-lila Pastimes in the spring-season coinciding with Vasanta Panchami. Holi-lila The inner meaning of Holi-lila, the festival of throwing colors. Prakata and aprakata Theological considerations on the...
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The Madrasi Baba series features discussions and narrations by Madrasi Sri Krishna Das Babaji Maharaja - a respected saint who lived on the banks of Radha-kunda and introduced many fortunate souls to its mysteries. This entry is a series of readings and explanations from Rupa Goswami's Uddhava Sandesh, narrating the dramatic story of Uddhava's carrying a message from Krishna, now a resident of Mathura, to the residents of Gokula plunged in a deep agony of separation from him. The text is...
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The day of a great saint's passing away to the world beyond frequently becomes an annual celebration. The second entry in our Festival series presents the tirobhava-mahotsava , or disappearance celebration, of the late Sri Kunjabihari Das Babaji Maharaja of Radha-kunda. Footage from the festival is divided into three parts: 1. Adhivasa-kirtana - A gathering taking place in the evening two days before the festival, an opening to the celebration. 2. Tirobhava-kirtana - A gathering on the morning...
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This is the fourth entry in the Baba's Teachings series, featuring discussions and interviews with Pandit Shri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja. Topics covered in this episode: - Different kinds of sadhana - Why does one engage in many different kinds of spiritual practices - wouldn't one be enough? - The meaning of sankirtan - On the chanting and remembering of the sacred names of Krishna. - The writings of the Goswamis - Discussion on books that are recommended for reading by everyone. -...
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The Baba's Teachings series features discussions and interviews with Pandit Sri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja - one of the leading teachers of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition - on a wide range of topics on theology, philosophy and the practice of spiritual life. Topics covered in this episode: Sequence of smarana On the sequence of remembering the pastimes of Krishna. Radha as Shyamaa A description of Radha as the shyama-heroine. Sakhis and nayikas On the descriptions of the eight sakhis in...
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The sacred month of Niyama-seva, occuring annually in October-November, is brimming with devotional festivity. In the village of Radha-kunda, the devotees circumambulate the village to the accompaniment of kirtan, stopping at different temples to relish songs authored by the blessed poets of the Gaudiya Vaishnava heritage. A total of four parts will be released. Kirtaniyas in the first part: Sanatana Das Babaji, Visvambhara Das Babaji. Part 1: Miscellaneous kirtan 1. Jaya Jaya Guru...
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The Baba's Teachings series features discussions and interviews with Pandit Sri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja - one of the leading teachers of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition - on a wide range of topics on theology, philosophy and the practice of spiritual life. Topics covered in this episode: Four moods of devotion What are the moods of devotion Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu brought to the world? Sphurti and rati Arriving to the stage of loving attachment meditation, inner visions and revelations....
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Sri Priyacharan Das Babaji was a respected mahatma , saint and teacher of Gaudiya Vaishnavism who lived on the banks of lake Manasi Ganga at the town of Govardhan. The footage is divided into two parts: * Adhivasa-kirtana - Opening songs for the festival. * Tirobhava-kirtana - Songs describing Radha and Krishna, followed by a song about the life of Sri Priyacharan Das Babaji. * Parikrama - Circumambulation of the sacred lake of Manasi Ganga that is told to have appeared from the thoughts of...
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This is the second entry in the Baba's Teachings -series, featuring discussions and interviews with Pandit Shri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja. The abode of Krishna's pastimes appears in three distinct features, namely prakata-prakash or the divine manifest aspect, aprakata-prakash or the divine unmanifest aspect, and drishyamana-prakash , or the aspect visible for the mundane eye. In the second episode of the series, Babaji Maharaja narrates the glories of Vraja-dhama, the most sacred of India's...
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The Baba's Teachings series features discussions and interviews with Pandit Sri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja - one of the leading teachers of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition - on a wide range of topics on theology, philosophy and the practice of spiritual life. Topics covered in this episode: Guru and the karma of the disciple Does the guru carry the weight of the disciples' sins after initiation? Harinama and guru-pranali Praying to the holy names, seeking the shelter of a real guru-pranali, a...
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This is the first entry in the Baba's Teachings -series, featuring discussions and interviews with Pandit Sri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja. Themes covered in this entry: * What is Gaudiya Vaishnavism? An overview of the position of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition in the world of Hinduism: the paths of karma (action), jnana (knowledge) and bhakti (devotion). * What is matter, what is spirit? Discovering the difference between the two, understanding the methodology of realization. * Who is Radha?...
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Holi , a festival celebrated annually in India in early springtime, is certainly among the more colorful celebrations in the world. This compilation, the first in our Vraja Festivals -series, brings you to five temples at the village of Radha-kunda, where the festival is celebrated with colorful powders and songs describing the sports of Radha and Krishna for several weeks.
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Niyama-seva, occuring annually in October-November, is a one-month period during which followers of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition embark on pilgrimage, often to the sacred land of Vraja, leading a simple life full of austerity and increased spiritual practices. In the village of Radha-kunda, parikrama-processions go around the village to the accompaniment of kirtan, with visits to different temples, are a daily event. This video features one such event, with a stop on the way at Varakuli...
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This is the third entry in the Baba's Teachings -series, featuring discussions and interviews with Pandit Shri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja. Prior to the advent of Sri Chaitanya, the two lakes that were to become the most sacred places of Gaudiya Vaishnava pilgrimage - Radha-kunda and Shyama-kunda - were lost to the world, their whereabouts unknown. In the third episode of the series, Babaji Maharaja narrates the story of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's quest to discover these two ponds of in the land...
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